Located at 1245 N. Broadway, the Kern Center is a 210,000-square-foot recreation, athletic, health and wellness facility.

It is home to the Athletics Department, Counseling Services, Health Services, Recreational Services, an ice arena, Hotchkin Arena, fitness center, field house, recreational running track and wrestling area. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

The Kern Center exemplifies MSOE’s philosophy of a well-rounded university experience and provides students with ample access to fitness, whether they are participating in NCAA athletics, intramural sports or individual fitness programs. The Robert and Patricia Kern Foundation and Dr. Eckhart Grohmann provided major gifts to fund the Kern Center construction.


Kern Center membership is open to the following groups:

  • MSOE students
  • MSOE faculty
  • MSOE staff
  • MSOE alumni

Membership is free for students, faculty and staff. MSOE alumni are offered a discounted monthly rate to the Kern Center. To inquire about a membership, please email kerncenter@msoe.edu or consult the Kern Center athletics and recreation facilities handbook.

All members must present their MSOE ID at the front desk to gain access to the building. All users are expected to abide by Kern Center guidelines and restrictions. For a full list of rules and handbook, please visit the guidelines page.